Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Unity Government Abdullah Abdullah addressing a gathering at Sapedar Palace in Kabul said the 2019 presidential elections would not be postponed because of the peace process.
Talking at the wrap-up ceremony of the 16-days campaign to eliminate violence against women, Abdullah said the presidential elections would be held at its determined time and the peace efforts would not delay elections.
According to Abdullah, there is no outline on the table for postponing the elections because of the peace process.
“The peace process should go ahead for ending the war. But delaying the presidential elections for this process has not been on the table. The leadership of the National Unity Government's stance in this regard is clear,” said Abdullah.
In the meantime, Abdullah said the achievements that have been made in the past years, will be persevered in the peace talks.
He warned that if the achievements are ignored during the peace talks, it will cause sustainable instability in the country.
“Preserving the achievements of the Afghan people means strengthening peace and stability. And ignoring the Afghan people achievements means continued instability,” Abdullah added.
Faiz Mohammad Osmani, Minister of Hajj and Religious Affairs, talking at the same event said the ministry has assessed the causes of violence against women and so far, has identified over 12 factors that subject women and girls to violence.
“Deprivation from heritage is one type of violence, deprivation from proper alimony is another type of violence and forced marriage is another,” said Osmani.
“Both women and men should behave well,” CEO second deputy head Mohammad Mohaqiq said.
The CEO said some progress has been made in fighting violence against women, however, emphasized that more effort is needed.
The 16-days campaign for saying no to violence against women is held annually in many countries to lower the volume of violence against women